You can blame the Government.
You can blame the Rich White Man.
UNIONS are the real reason jobs left this Country and are still leaving this Country.
UAW workers earn on average $6,000 cash bonus, a $3,700 profit sharing bonus and at least another $1,500 cash for each of the four years on the contract for a total of $15,700 on top of wages and benefits.
Government Motors (GM) contained a $5,000 bonus and an unspecified profit-sharing plan for union employees based on North American profits. And GM employees make less hourly than Ford employees do.
GM pays around $56 per hour including wages and benefits, which is less than what Ford pays but far higher than other companies like Chrysler and Hyundai Motor Co. Ford pays $58 per hour.
No wonder some auto companies needed a bailout. $56 and $58 an hour? Most CEOs and small business owners make less than that.
Part of the problem is that along with what mountain mentioned above, you have companies using "cheap labor" from illegals that enable them to pay those bonuses, profit-shares, benefits, etc., to those union/management employees. Our economic system - capitalism - is driven by PROFITS accrued by businesses which fuel growth and prosperity. Until we get a grip on LABOR - which includes the unions and the illegals - the problem will only get worse as one issue feeds the other which compounds the problem.
Congress is workng toward "fixing" the illegal problem as far as the "path to citizenship" goes, but the labor and union issues are just as complicated. These are being addressed at all levels around the country, but it doesn't appear that a whole lot of progress is being made on the labor front. But it is totally "on target" that:
"We must revive our manufacturing industry and return to prosperity through commerce."
Mountain, You are correct in the point that UNIONS are the real reason jobs left this country and continue to do so.
I qualified my intro for that very reason among others.
I had no idea that the UAW wages were at that level.
Thank you very much for your info.
Very few small business owners ever even hope to make those kind of wages.
sebekm, I know for a fact that many small business owners have reluctantly resorted to using illegal aliens who are undocumented to avoid payroll taxes in order to remain competitive.
In the long term that is bad for everyone.
Unfortunately our liberal friends seem to think that small business owners are getting rich while the truth of the matter is that many small business owners often spend days and weeks where they are fortunate if they make minimum wage.
The very first issue regarding immigration is closing the borders both southern and northern.
Especially the southern one.
I've worked side by side with illegals from Mexico and I enjoy them.
They have the same work ethic that my generation was accustomed to.
Rosevelt started the slide into liberalism and L.B.J. kicked it into high gear when he raided the social security trust fund.
Jimmy Carter did probably the greatest harm of all when he opened the door for the usury practiced by our financial institutions.
The liberal bent of those who have decided that we all are entitled to a comfortable life without the responsibilities of earning it has been our undoing.
And I have no problem with the rich getting richer.
10 per cent is enough to give for anyone.
Somebody on this site once said that there is a dark side to capitalism.
The poor have never created any jobs for anyone other than social workers.